Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Another TV Game On Tap?

Nothing official has come out of either school, but Saturday's broadcast of the Dartmouth-Penn game included this graphic about Fox College Sports picking up the Dartmouth-Harvard game on Oct. 29. (Thanks for the photo.)

Dartmouth has slipped to sixth in the Ivy Power Rankings on the Roar Lions Roar blog.

The Northeast Conference is rising, but it still lags behind the Patriot League and the Ivy League in the Sagarin Ratings. The FCS conferences as ranked by Sagarin:
1. Southern
2. Colonial
3. Missouri Valley
4. Great West
5. Big Sky
6. Southland
7. Ohio Valley
8. Patriot
9. Ivy
10. Big South
11. NEC
12. MEAC
13. Southwestern
14. Pioneer

Ivy League Players of the Week
Offense: Brown senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero
Defense: Cornell senior defensive end Zack Imhoff
Special Teams: Cornell senior placekicker/punter Brad Greenway
Rookie of the Week: Harvard freshman running back Zach Boden

On the Honor Roll from Dartmouth
Teddy Reed, defensive tackle, 5 tackles. (1 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, field goal block
Foley Schmidt, kicker, 2 field goals (46, 30), 2 PATs
Nick Schwieger, tailback, 26 carries for 125 yds., 1 TD

Thanks to a reader for a timely reminder in the week between the Penn and Yale games. Penn will return to Memorial Field for the second year in a row in 2012 and Dartmouth will play at Yale both this year and next as the Ivy League makes a much-needed adjustment to the schedule.The Big Green also will visit Holy Cross for the second year in a row and then play Holy Cross in Hanover in 2013 (part of a six-game home schedule) and here in 2014.

For Dartmouth the schedule change will mean that the Big Green no longer will have all of its longest trips in even-numbered years and all of its shortest trips in odd-numbered years. In the past, Dartmouth had all games in New England one year and all games out of New England in the next.

2012 Dartmouth Schedule
Sept. 15 Butler
Sept. 22 at Holy Cross
Sept. 29 Penn
Oct. 6 at Yale
Oct. 13 Sacred Heart
Oct. 20 at Columbia
Oct. 27 Harvard
Nov. 3 at Cornell
Nov. 10 Brown
Nov. 17 at Princeton

2013 Dartmouth Schedule
Sept. 21 at Butler
Sept. 28 Holy Cross
Oct. 5 at Penn
Oct. 12 Yale
Oct. 19 Bucknell
Oct. 26 Columbia
Nov. 2 at Harvard
Nov. 9 Cornell
Nov. 16 at Brown
Nov. 23 Princeton

A column in the Daily Dartmouth proposes perhaps dropping one game to make room for an Ivy championship game. From the column:
It is incomprehensible to have an entire season during which these athletes work so hard, and then not let them play in a playoff system. Even a championship game, where the top two teams from the League would play each other for the title, would help. You could charge admission for the game, use some proceeds to cover costs and give the rest to charity.
(Note: The NCAA requires 12 teams in a conference to hold a championship game.)

Tonight on Green Alert premium: the Penn game revisited and a look at practice.

And finally, if I'm not as prompt with returning emails today and perhaps for the next couple of days it is because we are having work done in the house and there's the very real possibility that our Internet connection will be interrupted.

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